I was struggling with what I was going to write about this month, because most of this month has been a roller coaster of ups and downs with emotions, and family and things like that.
Last week I had planned to start school on Monday, I had everything put together, lesson plans printed, math put together.
And then we spent Saturday wedding dress shopping for my best friend. She found the perfect dress, and had to pick it up on Monday or she might loose it. **Side note, none of these are the ones she chose**
I knew she would need moral support, because we were in her first wedding, the entire family was. But, her first husband died of cancer, and it was hard, very hard. For all of us.
So, I had a choice, I could keep to our lessons, or I could stop and support a friend, and I chose to support my friend. And my kids learned a lesson as well. Sometimes what’s in the book isn’t what’s important, being there for others is.
Because we both went home that day and cried, and I’m writing this post now with tears in my eyes. I’m happy for her she’s found love again, and I’m happy she’ll be married, but I’m also sad, because I miss her first husband. I miss my friend, the one I grew up with, so it was one we both needed to be there, because life is hard sometimes and takes unexpected turns.
As a side note, Princess is through the roof happy because she is going to be a flower girl, and gets to wear a “wedding dress.” She was quite disappointed (tears and all) to learn she would not be wearing a wedding dress just like Aunt Tara. I’m sure you will be seeing posts in the near future as I make her flower girl dress. Of the ones she tried on, this design most went with the theme of the wedding, and just looked lovely on Princess.
So, in the end, I did have a post, just not the one I thought I had. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go sob in the shower for an hour or so as I process a lot of emotions going on.
The Real Life Homeschooling Blog Hop co-hosts are:
Tabitha from Meet Penny Jill from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Aurie from Our Good Life Amy from Are We There Yet? Sonya from Becoming a Strong Woman of God Heather from Homeschooling on Faith and Coffee Leann from Hands on Homeschooler Sherri from Our Front Porch Looking In Erin from Royal Baloo Renee from Next Gen Homeschool Megan from Homeschooling etc. Stephanie from Bowmania Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom Karyn from Teach Beside Me Jamie from Walking in High Cotton Selena from Look! We’re Learning! Rebecca from Homeschooling Autism and More Andrea from No Doubt Learning Stacey from Layered Soul Lisa from Farm Fresh Adventures Tiffany from Life & Lessons From a Country Road Rachel from Rooms of Knowledge Marla from Marla’s Motherhood Musings Dusty from To the Moon and Back Kelli from Adventurez in Child ‘Rearing
Phyllis at All Things Beautiful says
Oh, yes, life sometimes does have a way of derailing planned lessons…I sure have learned that this past year. But you are right, this is real life homeschooling. How is your friend feeling through this? It must be such a mix of emotions. Princess looks just like a princess. So beautiful. I am sorry you miss your friend, Sam. He looks like he was a really special person.
I think this is exactly one of huge advantages of homeschooling – you can change your plans on the fly. As a long time reader, I am sending Aunt Tara best wishes for her marriage. Princess looks adorable in this dress and will make a wonderful flower girl.
Almost Unschoolers says
That is a beautiful dress on Princess – and lovely thoughts.
Psalm 30: 5 says “…weeping may endure for the night – but joy comes in the morning!” It’s a little out of context, but true all the same.
Joyful Learner says
How true it is! Books can wait. Your friend and all the memories are ever lasting. Princess looks so lovely in her dress! I wish your friend the best in her marriage. Congrats!
Andrea @ No Doubt Learning says
I think that’s the beauty of homeschooling…it’s not just bookwork, but a well-rounded education. The kids are learning about life! 🙂
You are spot on. People are always more important than things, even if that thing is education. An great lesson in the importance of priorities! Oh, and Princess looks…well princess like!
maryanne @ mama smiles says
This post brought tears to my eyes. Best wishes to Aunt Tara, and to all of you as you process this happy yet also painful change.